Four-star defensive back Lamar Jackson likes ASU opportunity

Versatile four-star defensive back Lamar Jackson was impressed by Arizona State's academic support for student-athletes and facilities projects among other things during his official visit to the school.

The West's No. 1 ranked safety prospect, Lamar Jackson was among a handful of Scout300 prospects who visited Arizona State this weekend.

"I took from it that there's a lot of great people at ASU," said Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210 pound defensive back at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif. "I like the direciton the program is going in. I like the new facilities they're building and everything like that. It was a great visit overall.

"[The facility] going to be state of the art. Everything is going to be top notch. Plus the academic staff with Jean (Boyd), they're recognized nationally. It's a lot of good things about the school."

Jackson, the No. 167 overall prospect nationally and No. 9 safety, is being recruited to be a versatile member of the ASU secondary. With the Sun Devils set to lose seniors Jordan Simone at Bandit, Kweishi Brown at field corner and Lloyd Carrington at boundary corner as well as Solomon Means at nickel corner, Jackson is intrigued by the opportuity for early playing time. 

"They see me at three different positions," Jackson said. "They see me as a boundary safety, (field) corner and a boundary corner. So that means there's major oppotunities for me to come in because at each of those three different positions there is a senior leaving. They said with my size and how I am physicaly, they like the guys they have coming back but I'll be at least in the rotation from day one.

The fact that ASU plays a lot of man coverage is not lost on Jackson, who said he prefers it.

"That's nice and easy, so I just ball," he said.

Jackson has visits set with Oklahoma (Oct. 3) and Michigan (Oct. 17) and is planning to take official visits to Oregon and USC at some point as well to round out his full five allotted official trips.

"I'm going to take the rest of my visits and then I'm going to make my Top-5 and go from there," Jackson said. "I would probably announce my Top-5 before I go to my Under Armour All-American Game, but that's when I'm going to make my announcement."

ASU is going to remain in serious contention moving forward, Jackson said. 

"I definitely did like the visit a lot," he said. "I like the role I would be playing, the academic side of everything and really feel like I'd be able to come in and make plays and be a part of a program that is doing good things."

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